We personally interview thirteen board members of seven (out of the ten) companies listed at the Suriname Stock Exchange and ask questions about their past and current decisions and on their risk attitudes. Next, we correlate the answers to company performance in between 2003-2011, like earnings per share, stock returns, book value and market value. Recent literature on risk attitudes in the board, which usually draws on western economies, guides our formulation of hypotheses. At the same time we also perform some exploratory analyses. Our main result is that, for this emerging economy, more risk adversity leads to better firm performance.

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Keywords Executives characteristics, Company performance, Risk attitudes, Emerging economy
JEL Financing Policy; Capital and Ownership Structure (jel G32), Financial Economics: General (jel G00), Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment (jel O16)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/78127
Series Econometric Institute Research Papers
Bodeutsch, D.S, & Franses, Ph.H.B.F. (2015). Risk attitudes in the board room and company performance: Evidence for an emerging economy (No. EI 2015-09). Econometric Institute Research Papers. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/78127